## Watch strap size: Lug width and width of buckle measurement help!

This post is another one in our series helping you with everything you need to know about watch straps!

Today’s topic is watch strap sizes and measurement:

Lug Width : We’ll start with the most important measurement of a watch strap.  If your new strap does not have the same lug width as your previous strap, or if you don’t have that as a reference, the distance between the two lugs at the bottom or top of the watch (these are always the same), then your watch strap will not fit! This means you need to measure the distance between the two lugs as shown in the picture below, to find the lug width of your watch. If the lug width of the new strap you’d like is not the same as your watch, please choose a different strap in the correct size!

Length of Strap or Band:  This is exactly what it says on the tin, the length of the watch strap, from one end to the other. By this, we mean the length of the 2 halves from one end of the leather (or other material) to the other.  The buckle is not included in this value.  This length however is not the maximum wrist circumference for which the watch strap is suitable for.  The length of the watch* is also a factor in finding out what length watch strap you need, along with the circumference of your wrist, and which hole of the normally 5 available in a watch strap you’re happy to wear the watch strap in.  The last hole is usually approx. 3cm from the end of the watch strap.

* to measure the length of your watch, remove the strap from your watch and refit the spring bars to your watch.  Now take a ruler  and measure from one spring bar to the other along the line of  12 and 6 o’clock.

Taking this into account, the rough equation for working out the length of watch strap you need is:

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(the approx. length of the watch strap you require)